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Dr Selen ErcanAssociate Professor


Address: Building 23, Level B University of Canberra Phone: + 61 (0) 2 6201 5774


Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance


Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra

Research Interests

Theory and practice of democracy, deliberative democracy, agonistic pluralism, identity politics, multiculturalism, social movements, alternative forms of political participation, and interpretive political research.

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Dr Selen Ercan is an Associate Professor of Politics at the Institute’s Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance. Her work sits at the intersection of normative democratic theory and empirical political research, and examines a wide range of topics including the politics of inclusion and exclusion in multicultural societies, the prospects for public deliberation in the face of value conflicts and polarised public debates, and the potential of new forms of political participation and protest movements in reviving democratic practice.

Selen’s recent book, Mending Democracy. Democratic Repair in Disconnected Times (2020, Oxford University Press, with Hendriks and Boswell) captures the small-scale work of everyday actors aimed at repairing connections across democratic systems, and provides a theoretically informed guidance for enabling democratic reform in disconnected times.

Selen has published over 30 articles and book chapters on deliberative democracy, social movements, multiculturalism, and research methods in Social Sciences. Her publications have appeared in various journals including: International Political Science Review, Policy and Politics, Australian Journal of Political Science, Environmental Politics, Social Movement Studies, and Critical Policy Studies. Two of her articles won the best paper prize of the journal, Policy and Politics in 2017 and 2019.  

Selen holds a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from the Middle East Technical University (Turkey), a MA in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Heidelberg (Germany), and a PhD in Political Science from the Australian National University. She has held research positions at the University of Mannheim (MZES), Australian National University; as well as visiting research and teaching positions in the Political Science programs of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil, 2014), Nagoya University (Japan, 2015) and Stuttgart University (Germany, 2017).


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Research Supervision

Areas of Supervision

I welcome research proposals in the fields of Political Science/Political Sociology focusing on various aspects and practices of democracy, deliberative democracy, identity politics, multiculturalism/immigration, new forms of citizen engagement and protest movements.

Current Postgraduate Supervision

  1. Primary supervisor, Jane Alver, PhD thesis: Negotiating Sisterhood in the Pacific Region: Feminist Alliances across Diversity, University of Canberra.

  2. Primary supervisor, Maata Feao, MPA thesis: The Pacific Labour Scheme: Promises and perils of temporary migration from the Pacific countries to Australia, University of Canberra. 

  3. Secondary supervisor, Madeleine Egan, PhD thesis: Can constitutions be popular? Making space for mass democracy in deliberative constitutionalism, University of Canberra.

  4. Secondary supervisor, Dianne Phillips, PhD thesis: Exploring the Effects of Neoliberalism on Research Governance and Practice, University of Canberra. 

  5. Third supervisor, Friedel Marquardt, PhD thesis: The politics of power: How powerful are the powerful in the 21st century political landscape, University of Canberra.   

Completed PhD Projects

  1. Secondary supervisor, Kei Nishiyama, Children in deliberative democracy, University of Canberra, 2018. 
  2. Secondary supervisor, Thaneshwar Bhusal, The democratising potential of democratic innovations in the context of municipal governance in Nepal, University of Canberra, 2018.
  3. Secondary supervisor, Samuel A. Antero, The practice of citizen-centric governance in Brazil, University of Canberra, 2017.
  4. Secondary supervisor, Catherine Clutton, Cultural competence in health related public policy deliberations: Engaging with immigrants in Australia and Canada, Australia National University, 2017.
  5. Secondary supervisor, Emma Vines, Containing English nationalism: The British political tradition and elite responses to the “English question”, University of Canberra, 2016.  
  6. Primary supervisor, Cletius Puteho, Critical assessment of Australian settlement reception: The case of African humanitarian refugee entrants in Australia, University of Canberra, 2015.
  • 2020, SS. Unit Convener, ‘Investigating and Explaining Society’, Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society, University of Canberra (undergraduate level).
  • 2019, SS. Unit Convener, ‘Management Dissertation Unit’, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra (postgraduate level).
  • 2015, SS. Unit Convener, ‘Theory and Practice of Deliberative Democracy’, ‘Comparative European Politics’, Graduate School of Law, Nagoya University, Japan (undergraduate level)
  • 2015-18. Academic Convener, ‘Graduate Research Forum’, Postgraduate Research Training in Politics, Policy and Economics, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra (postgraduate level).
  • 2014, SS. Short Course Convener, ‘Interpretive Political Research’, Department of Political Science, University of Minas Gerais, Brazil (postgraduate level).
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